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MSC Sao Paulo to Fairview Cove.

MSC Sao Paulo took the western channel on arrival giving the waterfront a close view. The ship was calling on Fairview Cove, a first for MSC vessels which normally call at PSA Halifax’s Atlantic Hub in the south end. This may signal the start of ships calls being split between the terminals to balance load. MSC ships that call on halifax are typically under 4000TEU to make it through the river to Montreal, and are guaranteed to fit under the bridges with out difficulty.

The Atlantic Hub saw MSC Shanghai, which moved to pier 42 this evening after undergoing CFIA Moth inspection. MSC Shangai Called on Halifax up until last year as ZIM Shanghai. the ZIM Hull markings were still visible – the covering paint haven worn away. I missed getting a photo of her today, But her she is calling for ZIM in 2016

Container ships.

(Above)MSC Sandra at pier 42 (Below) ZIM Vancouver at pier 41. Both ships are being worked by a single crane unit

Atlantic Sky is in the outer anchorage, and will be bound for Fairview Cove Monday Morning. Fairview Cove was occupied Sunday by Humen Bridge, still in its K-Line Livery but sailing for ONE as part of the Alliance.

AS Federica to Sail

After spending several weeks in the outer anchorage, the AS Federica has found work. the ship anchored in the basin over the weekend, likely to take on supplies, and is due to Sail the afternoon.

the ship was working on ZIM’s feeder service, and is now going to work on CMA-CGM subsidiary ANL. The ship is scheduled to sail from Saint John July 2 for New York, Savannah, Miami, Kingston, Rio Haina, Philipsburg and back to Saint John July 23

The Alliance Drops Halifax from AL6

The Alliance has  dropped Halifax from its AL6 service effective December.

Changes announced on the 26th, have a new routing of La Spezia –Genoa –Fos – Barcelona – Valencia – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Miami – Algeciras –La Spezia.The New service will be combined with the Oceans Alliance Amerigo Service, and each alliance will provide 3 8000TEU vessels for a total of 6 in rotation.

Since the Service began in summer of 2017, the routing has been Salerno – Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno and is served by 5 smaller K-Line vessels (Brevick Bridge, Budapest Bridge, Berlin Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, and Brotonne Bridge) at Fairvew Cove.

ZIM markets the AL6 service as ZCI, and in a strengthening of the alliance, will be adding the Livorno stop to its ZCA Service which already calls in Halifax, and is now being Marketed by the Alliance as AL7. In the end, while this represents a loss of a weekly call to Halifax, the total TEU’s will likely remain the same.

In, Out, and staying awhile.

(Above) Arsos backed into pier 42 just after noon. Shes running on the New ZIM Canada Florida Express service to Jamaica. Heading out from Autoport was Taurus Leader (below). Shes bound for New York.

Seamax Stamford (Above) is at Pier 41, calling on the Maersk line Med/Montreal express(MMX) service . The Bomar Rebecca (below) is hanging out at Pier 26. She was offloaded earlier this week, and went to pier 26, presumably to wait out Hurricane Florence. She sails for tropical shipping, which canceled their sailing this week.

Zim Changes – Halifax Added to CFX, Dropped from ZCP

Arsos in 2011 when she called on CMA-CGM’s Black Pearl Service.

Zim Has added Halifax to its new Canada Florida Express (CFX), service and  removed Halifax from ZIM Pacific (ZCP) loop Service. The Pacific loop was responsible for the arrival of the first 10000teu+ ship to call on Halifax.

The CFX Service will Operate as a fixed-day weekly service, the CFX will deploy two 1,300-TEU vessels and will have a rotation of Kingston, Miami, Halifax and Kingston. the vessels scheduled are AS FELICIA and ARSOS, and are scheduled to arrive April 3 and 10th respectively. Arsos Previously called on Halifax in 2011 as part of CMA-CGM’s Black Pearl Service.

Zim Operates 2 Other services to Halifax. The Mediterranean service (ZCI) is run in conjunction with the Alliance (who calls it AL6) and includes the following port rotation Salerno – Livorno – La Spezia – Genoa – Fos Sur Mer – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Salerno and is served by 5 smaller K-Line vessels (Brevick Bridge, Budapest Bridge, Berlin Bridge, Bilbao Bridge, and Brotonne Bridge) at Ceres.

Bilbao Bridge on the ZCI and AL6 Services.

The Zim Atlantic Service (ZCA) covers a port rotation of Mersin – Ashdod – Haifa – Izmir – Aliaga – Piraeus – Barcelona – Valencia – Algeciras – Halifax – New York – Norfolk – Savannah – Valencia – Tarragona – Mersin and is served by Panamax ships ZIM Luanda, ZIM Alabama, ZIM Constanza, ZIM Monaco, ZIM Texas, and ZIM Qingdao

ZIM Monaco on the ZCA Service

A summary of the various Container line alliances can be found here.

For More Information:

Our Shipspotting 101 feature includes Primers on Container ships  and how a container terminal works

Biggest Container Ship Yet, And First 10,000+ TEU

This morning brought the arrival of the ZIM Antwerp – the Largest container ship to call at the Port to date. At 10064 TEU, she beats the previous record by 700TEU. She also brought record crowds to watch her arrival – The Largest by a very very wide margin.

On Arrival, she rotated in the Approaches and backed in offering excellent views of her size. The Vera D entered the harbour just ahead of her, but proceeded north of Georges to stay out of the way, and tied up after ZIM Antwerp was backed into pier 41.



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